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Lab Tests: McDonald’s ‘Devastates’ Gut Health in 10 Days – Anthony Gucciardi

May 18, 2015

We all know food at McDonald’s is virtually unfit for human consumption. Now, disturbing new lab results have reportedly demonstrated the true extent of the damage you are doing to your body when you eat fast food. Specifically, we’re talking about the ‘devastation’ of your gut health — the attack on the most important part of your biological immune response. In a report that really brings into focus just what’s going on when we throw a bunch of chemical additives together with some ‘meat-like substances,’ a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London used one unlucky college student (who also happened to be his son) to see what truly goes on in our stomachs when we chow down on some quarter-pounders. It goes way beyond just super sizing your pant size and clogging up your arteries. According to professor Tim Spector, whose research on the effects of McDonald’s food on the gut are published in his book The Diet Myth, something really unexpected happened. Speaking on what happened to his test subject (his college student son): “His gut bacteria were “devastated.” In just 10 days of consuming Big Macs, chicken nuggets, fries, and Coca-Cola, Spector’s son was found by laboratory fecal testing to lose nearly 1,400 types of bacteria species from

World population-food supply balance is becoming increasingly unstable, study finds

May 12, 2015

Researchers report that as the world population increases and food demand has grown, globalization of trade has made the food supply more sensitive to environmental and market fluctuations. This leads to greater chances of food crises, particularly in nations where land and water resources are scarce and therefore food security strongly relies on imports. The study assesses the food supply available to more than 140 nations (with populations greater than 1 million) and demonstrates that food security is becoming increasingly susceptible to perturbations in demographic growth, as humanity places increasing pressure on use of limited land and water resources. “In the past few decades there has been an intensification of international food trade and an increase in the number of countries that depend on food imports,” said Paolo D’Odorico, a professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia and one of the study’s authors. “On average, about one-fourth of the food we eat is available to us through international trade. This globalization of food may contribute to the spread of the effects of local shocks in food production throughout the world.” D’Odorico’s paper is published this week in the online early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Food security, D’Odorico said,

Is the Federal Govt. Harassing and Censoring Its Own Scientists for Studying Ties Between Pesticides and Bee Deaths? – Reynard Loki

May 8, 2015

Following reports [3] that scientists at the United States Department of Agriculture are being harrassed and their research on bee-killing pesticides is being censored or suppressed, a broad coalition of farmers, environmentalists, fisheries and food-safety organizations urged an investigation in a May 5 letter [4] sent to Phyllis K. Fong, USDA Inspector General. “The possibility that the USDA is prioritizing the interests of the chemical industry over those of the American public is unacceptable,” states the letter, which was signed by more than 25 citizens’ groups concerned that a forthcoming report by the White House Task Force on Pollinator Health, which is co-chaired by the USDA, will be compromised. The signatories include the American Bird Conservancy, Avaaz, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Farmworkers Association of Florida, Food and Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, Green America, Organic Consumers Association and Sierra Club. “It is imperative that the American people can trust that their government and its employees are serving their constituents and not the profits of private companies,” they wrote. “All of the research that the USDA conducts must maintain scientific integrity and transparency to ensure it is guiding sound policy decisions.” The research in question centers on neonicotinoids [5], a nicotine-like class of insecticides

Did the Media Just Buckle from Biotech Industry Pressure

May 7, 2015

How else to explain the extraordinary, coordinated attack on Chipotle for going GMO-free? Action Alert! After announcing that Chipotle would make the switch to using exclusively non-GMO ingredients in their food, the restaurant chain was slammed hard by major news media outlets. Here’s a sampling of some of the headlines: “Why Chipotle Mexican Grill Going GMO-Free is Terrible News” (Time); “Chipotle’s GMO Gimmick Is Hard to Swallow” (Washington Post); “Why We Can’t Take Chipotle’s GMO Announcement All That Seriously” (NPR). We’ve come to expect a complete and utter lack of balanced reporting and journalistic integrity when it comes to some of the issues the natural health community cares about, but this sort of vindictive screed against a company for simply trying to satisfy its customers strikes us as particularly egregious and appalling. The smear job does have one merit. It brings out into the open what GMO investigators have to deal with every day: constant intimidation and threat. Any scientist who dares take on GMO special interests will be told that his or her career will be ruined, and then ever more intense pressure will follow. Why? Because the biotech and Big Pharma companies involved have huge sums of money at their disposal—money

Nanoparticles In Food and Water Found to Alter Gut Microbiome – Heather Callaghan

May 5, 2015

Nanotechnology – that is, metal oxide particles* such as titanium dioxide – are increasingly used in the commercial food supply, consumer goods, body care and in water treatment. The gut microbiome is today’s most appealing topic of science because it was previously unacknowledged by the medical community just how important gut health is to the human brain, hormones, immunity, mental health and more. Maintaining a healthy gut has everything to do with optimum well being. Unfortunately, so many substances are ushered into the food supply without testing, inspection, regulation or even the courtesy of a clear label. Consumers have no idea of what they are assimilating or how it will affect their health in the long term. Yet, a paper hot off the presses in Environmental Engineering Science shows one reason why this practice should be promptly checked. Read

The Natural Nurse And Dr. Z – 05.05.15

May 5, 2015

Host Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, www.naturalnurse.com, interviews Mr. Tony Martinez. Tony is a Food & Drug and International Trade Attorney. He was directly involved with the passage of the landmark Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 and other FDA related measures.

Walking May Save Your Life – Maylin Rodriguez-Paez

April 30, 2015

When most people think about exercising, they usually think about long hours at the gym performing grueling exercises. No wonder so many dread it. But in reality, visiting the gym isn’t really necessary. In fact, something as simple as walking can be enough to provide valuable health benefits — according to a study from the University of Cambridge. The study found that a small amount of walking significantly reduced the risk of death.1 The results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 20 Minutes of Exercise Reduced Risk of Death by 16-30% Previous research shows that thin people who don’t exercise are unhealthier than their exercising counterparts. The same trend is seen for obese people. Scientists analyzed the exercise habits of 334,161 Europeans and followed them up after a mean period of 12 years. They examined the relationship between physical activity, obesity, and the risk of death. They found that as little as 20 minutes of exercise per day was enough to reduce the risk of death between 16-30% in people who considered themselves inactive. This applied to people who were of normal weight and to those who were overweight as well. They also found that inactivity killed twice as many people

Organic farming can reverse the agriculture ecosystem from a carbon source to a carbon sink

April 30, 2015

Approximately 35% of global greenhouse gases (GHGs) come from agriculture. Some argues that human can reverse global worming by sequestering several hundred billion tons of excess CO2 through regenerative, organic farming, ranching and land use. Increasing the soil’s organic content will not only fix carbon and reduce emissions, it will also improve the soil’s ability to retain water and nutrients and resist pests and droughts. To mitigate GHG emissions and retain soil fertility, organic agriculture might be a wise choice for decreasing the intensive use of synthetic fertilizers, protecting environments, and further improving crop yields. Recent research showed that replacing chemical fertilizer with organic manure significantly decreased the emission of GHGs. Organic farming can reverse the agriculture ecosystem from a carbon source to a carbon sink. To explore the potential of farmlands acting as a carbon sink without yield losses, Jiang Gaoming, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Botany, conducted an experiment on a temperate eco-farm in eastern rural China. Crop residues were applied to cattle feed and the composted cattle manure was returned to cropland with a winter wheat and maize rotation. Crop yield and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were carefully calculated according to the

Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses – Araz Hachadourian

April 30, 2015

Vicki Zilke is a farmer in Ypsilanti, Mich., population 20,000, where more than a quarter of residents live below the poverty line. Every week, she sells her vegetables at Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market, one of two in the city. Nearly 40 percent of the shoppers at both hubs are on some form of food assistance funding from the government. The two farmers markets first started accepting payment through food assistance programs  back in 2006. But that year, they only received $378 from the program. But in 2010, an incentive program called Double Up Food Bucks expanded from Detroit to Ypsilanti. The program matches SNAP money (formerly known as “food stamps”) dollar-for-dollar when people spend it at farmers markets. That means shoppers can double up to $20 in spending on fruits and veggies. By 2014 customers spent more than $39,000 at these markets through initial SNAP dollars combined with Double Up’s supplement. So instead of a customer base with $20 of SNAP money to spend, farmers like Zilke had a customer base with $40 to spend. “I make more money, I expand my business, and then I can hire more people,” Zilke said. “If I hire more people I then improve the bottom

New Studies Add to Growing Evidence That Notorious Pesticides Harm Bees – Nadia Prupis

April 27, 2015

Two new studies published in Nature on Wednesday show that neonicotinoid pesticides—or neonics for short—may be even more harmful to bees than previously thought. Those studies, Bees Prefer Foods Containing Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Ecology: Tasteless Pesticides Affect Bees in the Field, add to the growing list of evidence that neonics are a major contributing factor to bee population decline and reinforce the case for restricting the use of those pesticides. In the first study, researchers from Newcastle University conducted a test to determine how honeybees and bumblebees responded to nectar laced with three of the most commonly used neonics, and found that both species actually preferred those solutions. The data also indicated that the bees preferred the pesticides—imidacloprid (IMD), thiamethoxam (TMX), and clothianidin (CLO)—even though they could not taste them and the consumption of the pesticides caused the bees to eat less overall. “Like nicotine they are essentially amplifying the rewarding properties of the sucrose solution that they are located in and the bees think its more rewarding so they go back to that food tube to drink more of it,” Professor Geraldine Wright, who led Newcastle University’s study, told the Guardian on Wednesday. It was unclear if that preference would remain in the wild. However, the researchers note,
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